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Rakuten Dream Project

First-class music for children

Music has the power to touch the heart and to connect the world beyond the barrier of language. We want to expand the potential of children living in foster homes by giving them the chance to explore the wonderful world of music. With that in mind, the “Rakuten Dream Project” was launched in collaboration with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra to provide those children the opportunity to enjoy music in a different way - by for example assisting to the Subscription Concert in Bunkamura Orchard Hall (Shibuya, Tokyo) from special seats or by interacting with professional musicians. With such children can develop and sharpen their taste for music, which may eventually inspire to have new dreams for themselves.
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

Rakuten Dream Seat at the Subscription Concert

Starting from the concert on Sept 25th 2016, special seats at the Subscription concert will be reserved for the children to enjoy the high class music performance from the best seats.

List of conductors and soloists


  • Myung-Whun Chung
    (Honorary Music Director)


  • Andrea Battistoni
    (Principal Guest Conductor)


  • Yutaka Sado
    (conductor)


  • Mikhail Pletnev
    (Special Guest Conductor)


  • Amarilli Nizza (soprano)


  • Francesco Anile (tenor)


  • Matsuda Kanon (pianist)

Subscription Concert at Orchard Hall
(※Japanese page)

Project Background

Rakuten has been the official sponsor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2011. We also conducted the CSR activity “Soma Children Orchestra” in collaboration with the El Sistema Japan, to give elementary and Junior High school students of Fukushima prefecture the opportunity to experience music and play at the “Rakuten Children Music Festival”. We also carry out the “Rakuten Tsubasa Project” to give financial and material support to the children who are leaving foster care in order for them to be ready to start their new life.

Rakuten Tsubasa Project

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra is an orchestra with proud history and tradition established in 1911, making it the oldest in Japan. With approximately 130 members, it is able to serve both as a symphony orchestra and a dramatic orchestra. Musicians are conducting first class performances and various educational activities for music fans nationwide, such as the Subscription Concert be held in Bunkamura Orchard Hall, and various volunteer performances to promote classical music: the “Children On Gaku Kan” during which they interact with approximately 20,000 children every year, the Opera Ballet performance in the New National Theatre, the “New Year Opera Concert” or the “Classic Album” for NHK.

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